May 3, 2014
Well, after a lot of searching we finally have our mudskippers. A pair, though not the same species. We have a male called Charles who is a Periophthalmus Novemradiatus or a Pearse's Mudskipper, which is what we were expecting, 2 - 2.5 inches. Then we have what we believe is a female but who has a damaged dorsal fin and so therefore very hard to sex, who is called Darwin and she is (we think) a Periophthalmus Weberi or Weber's Mudskipper max size about 8.5cm but that was a male and the largest ever!
Charles and Darwin were specially ordered in for us from India as none of the LFS near us stock mudskippers, as they are an unusual breed and they have found very few people purchase them. Unfortunately this means we couldn't check them out till we go home and Darwin didn't put her fin up until we were putting them in the tank. However she is fine in all other repects, very good health, incredibly mobile so we are happy.
We brought them home today and Charles is settled right in, watching us almost from the first moment he was put in the tank. Darwin on the other hand is a little skittish but she's happy if you don't stare at her or get too close to the tank when she's not in her hidy hole.
They have had their first feed, very small crickets intended for small reptiles, was great watching them hunt them down! Charles was first in there but Darwin has had a couple, that we have noticed.
“He felt that his whole life was some kind of dream and he sometimes wondered whose it was and whether they were enjoying it.”
April 28, 2011
Unfortunately, that's not such a good thing overall. Periophthalmus novemradiatus want to live in large groups. They need the vicinity of their fellows, to feel safe, very urgent. If kept alone, they are very insecure, very quiet ... and not live long.
It is sad that the animals are sold so.
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